MILK ALLERGY AND LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

Cow milk allergies can affect people of any age, but it is more common among infants.  About 2 to 3 percent of infants have a cow milk allergy, which they typically outgrow.  Casein and whey, which are the main proteins in cow milk, can cause allergic reactions in...

WHEAT ALLERGY AND CELIAC DISEASE

Another type of food allergy is wheat, though it is not as common as other food allergies.  Four specific groups of proteins (albumin, globulin, gliadin, gluten) cause wheat allergies.  However, most children will eventually outgrow it. Gluten intolerance, also called...

EGG ALLERGY

Egg allergies are one of the most common food allergies found in infants and children.  In general, reactions are not as severe as those from peanut, nut, shellfish, or fish allergies, though severe reactions can occur. Most children outgrow egg allergies before five...

PEANUT ALLERGY

Peanuts are the leading cause of severe allergic reactions, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nut and eggs.  Studies have shown that one-third of people with a peanut allergy have experienced a severe allergic reaction. The first allergic reaction to peanut or tree...

DIAGNOSIS OF FOOD ALLERGY NOT AN EASY TASK

Most cases of food allergy occur when a person with particular genetic predisposition produces specific immunoglobulin E (allergy antibody) to the protein of a particular food.  When these IgE antibodies react with certain food, it triggers the release of histamine...

SYMPTOMS VARY FOR FOOD ALLERGY SUFFERERS

An estimated 11 million Americans suffer from food allergies, which accounts for roughly 20,000 emergency room visits annually.  Unfortunately, as many as 200 people die from food-related allergic reactions each year. A food allergy occurs when a person with...

HIVES AND ANAPHYLAXIS IN FOOD ALLERGY

An estimated 11 million Americans, suffer from food allergies, which accounts for roughly 20,000 emergency room visits annually. Unfortunately, as many as 200 people die from food-allergy reactions every year. Food allergy and food intolerance are not the same.  Food...

HEREDITARY ANGIOEDEMA

Tom, a 16 years-old student, has had frequent swelling of the lips and tongue over the past few years.  Over last several days, and do not include symptoms of itchy hives with swelling, although he does occasionally suffer from nausea and abdominal pain that requires...

ANAPHYLAXIS REACTIONS

Kelly, a 14-year-old high school girl, who went to camp, experienced several episodes of lip swelling, dizziness and wheezing.  She was sent to the local emergency room.  She was treated with antihistamines, epinephrine and a high dose of steroids.  She did well until...

CHRONIC IDIOPATHIC URTICARIA

Urticaria (hives) is an outbreak of red bumps or patches called wheals that appear on the skin, produced by the presence of histamine, and are brought on by a trigger.  The most likely causes of acute (sudden) hives are an allergy to foods, insect sting, or medication...
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